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7/10/2015: Contract Awarded for New Interchange on the Triangle Expressway

Contract Awarded for New Interchange on the Triangle Expressway

Posted 7/10/2015 11:20:57 AM

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded an $18.4 million contract to create a new interchange on the Triangle Expressway at Old Holly Springs-Apex Road. This is the first new interchange along North Carolina’s first modern toll road since its final phase opened in 2013.The interchange was requested by local transportation planners, and included in the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) Long Range Transportation Plan and will improve mobility for current traffic, as well as for much larger volumes of traffic anticipated within the next ten years, as a result of substantial growth/development. Traffic along Old Holly Springs-Apex Road is projected to increase from 1,900 vehicles per day in 2010 to 34,900 vehicles per day in 2035. The contract includes work for road widening, milling, resurfacing and shoulder reconstruction as well as bridge widening, toll site infrastructure and intelligent transportation system (ITS) upgrades. All electronic toll zones will be constructed on the northbound on-ramp and the southbound off-ramp.Construction crews can begin work as early as July 27, and the project is anticipated to be fully complete by May 2017. Traffic is anticipated to be able to begin using the interchange ramps in November 2016.The project will be completed using the Design-Build method, which allows design, environmental permitting, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation and construction of a project to take place at the same time, under one contract. This method reduces overall construction time, helps avoid cost inflation, and allows the contractor to make innovations that save taxpayers money, lessen environmental impact and alleviate driving delays for motorists.Blythe Construction, Inc. of Charlotte was awarded the project after being determined to be the “Best Value” Design-Build team. The bid came in about $2 million less than anticipated.The toll rate for 2-axle vehicles for each of the two new toll zones at the interchange is anticipated to be approximately $0.20 and $0.31 (for NC Quick Pass and Bill by Mail, respectively). These rates are preliminary and are subject to final approval. This will not affect the price of the entire Triangle Expressway trip or any other toll rates at existing toll zones.The Triangle Expressway is an 18.8-mile, modern all-electronic tolling facility located between Interstate 40 and the N.C. 55 Bypass. The Triangle Expressway strives to improve commuter mobility, accessibility and connectivity to western Wake County and Research Triangle Park while reducing congestion on the existing north-south routes that serve the Triangle Region, primarily N.C. 55 and N.C. 54. This is one of 21 road and bridge projects recently awarded by the Department of Transportation. The contracts were awarded to the lowest qualified bidder, as required by state law. They are worth $229.3 million, which is $9.1 million below NCDOT engineers’ estimated cost. 
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5/28/2015: NCDOT Begins Construction on Monroe Expressway

NCDOT Begins Construction on Monroe Expressway

Posted 5/28/2015 2:02:29 PM

CHARLOTTE - The N.C. Department of Transportation has started construction on the Monroe Expressway, a roughly 20-mile toll freeway that will provide an alternative for high-speed regional travel along the U.S. 74 corridor. The new freeway will extend from U.S. 74 near I-485 in Mecklenburg County to U.S. 74 between the towns of Wingate and Marshville in Union County. The approximately $840 million project is expected to open to traffic in late 2018. The Monroe Expressway will use electronic tolling similar to the Triangle Expressway, which opened to traffic in December 2011.Crews are now installing silt fencing, survey markers, right-of-way fencing and performing limited clearing and grubbing necessary for construction within the right-of-way.  These activities are starting from the eastern limits of the project and working west.This work isn't expected to have major impacts on the traveling public. NCDOT is currently working to finalize design plans for the Expressway and continuing to acquire right-of-way. ***NCDOT***
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1/29/2015: Beau Memory to Serve as Turnpike Authority Executive Director

Beau Memory to Serve as Turnpike Authority Executive Director

Posted 1/29/2015 2:03:05 PM

RALEIGH – As part of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s continued focus on enhancing customer service and operating more efficiently, Secretary Tony Tata has named Beau Memory as the new executive director of the North Carolina Turnpike Authority. Memory has a long history of service with NCDOT, the Turnpike Authority and the N.C. General Assembly.He most recently served as senior policy advisory for the Office of the President Pro Tempore with the state legislature. Prior to that Memory worked as legislative liaison for NCDOT and as communications manager with the N.C. Turnpike Authority.Memory begins his new role with the N.C. Turnpike Authority on February 9. ***NCDOT***
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12/30/2014: Triangle Expressway Toll Rate Increase Begins Jan. 1; 14-22 cents increase for traveling whole Expressway

Triangle Expressway Toll Rate Increase Begins Jan. 1; 14-22 cents increase for traveling whole Expressway

Posted 12/30/2014 3:57:42 PM

RALEIGH – A slight increase in the toll rate for the Triangle Expressway will take effect Thursday, Jan. 1, as required by the bond covenant created for the funding of the Expressway. The N.C. Turnpike Authority Board adopted a schedule of annual toll rate increases based on the financing requirements of the Triangle Expressway project, which set a 5 percent increase for 2015. The increase will be $0.14 for N.C. Quick Pass Customers and $0.22 for bill-by-mail customers traveling the 17.4 miles between N.C. 147 at I-40 and the N.C. 55 Bypass. The new cost of the trip is $2.91 for Quick Pass customers and $4.45 for bill-by-mail customers. Revenue raised through the tolling process is used to help pay off the bonds sold to fund the $1 billion highway. Plans are under way for upgrades to the Expressway, with two added interchanges. One will be at Old Holly Springs/Apex Road, between U.S. 1 and the N.C. 55 Bypass in Holly Springs. The other will be in western Cary at Morrisville Parkway. Motorists who use a Quick Pass transponder on the Expressway now have the largest coverage area of interoperability in the nation. Last month a partnership with Georgia’s Peach Pass began, joining earlier agreements with Florida’s Sun Pass, and with E-ZPass, which operates in 15 states in the east, northeast and midwest sections of the country. For N.C. Quick Pass information, including payment and purchase options, call 1-877-7MY-PASS (1-877-769-7277) or visit the N.C. Quick Pass website.   ***NCDOT***
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11/12/2014: North Carolina’s Quick Pass and Georgia’s Peach Pass Now Interchangeable

North Carolina’s Quick Pass and Georgia’s Peach Pass Now Interchangeable

Posted 11/12/2014 3:58:30 PM

RALEIGH –Drivers who have a North Carolina Quick Pass transponder for their vehicles can use their device to pay for traveling on the I-85 Express Lanes near Atlanta, as well as any future toll roads that accept the Georgia Peach Pass transponder. That is a result of an interoperability agreement reached between North Carolina, Georgia and Florida, which allows owners of toll transponders in each of those states to use them when traveling in the other two. N.C. Quick Pass has had such an agreement with Florida and its SunPass system since July 2013. This is North Carolina’s third such transponder partnership, giving the state’s Quick Pass customers the largest coverage area of interoperability in the nation. A similar arrangement exists between Quick Pass and EZ Pass, which operates in15 states in the east, northeast and Midwest sections of the country. “This is another example of strong collaboration across several states to improve travel and enhance customer service,” said N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata. "Expanding the reach of Quick Pass will give our customers access to key highways in the southeast, improving their travel experience in those states." The I-85 Express Lanes cover a 16-mile stretch of I-85 northeast of Atlanta, featuring variable toll rates, dependent on the traffic congestion. The result is faster travel times in exchange for the toll, even during times of heavy congestion on the general purpose lanes. Peach Pass customers will now be able to use the Triangle Expressway outside of Raleigh and any future toll roads in North Carolina, with the payment directly billed to their Peach Pass account. This convenience is already in place when SunPass customers use the Triangle Expressway. In Florida, the interoperability agreement allows Quick Pass transponders to be used in the SunPass-only lanes for more 700 miles of toll highways and bridges, including in Miami, Tampa, Orlando, St. Petersburg and Fort Myers. For N.C. Quick Pass information, including payment and purchase options, call 1-877-7MY-PASS (1-877-769-7277) or visit the N.C. Quick Pass website.  For more information on Florida’s SunPass and  Georgia’s Peach Pass, go to the respective websites at www.SunPass.com and www.PeachPass.com.*** NCDOT ***
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